The College of Sciences Major Instrumentation Cluster (COSMIC) laboratory provides researchers access to state-of-the-art instrumentation in a user friendly teaching/research environment. COSMIC also provides analytical services for interdisciplinary research applications in chemical, environmental and biological analyses for ODU, other universities around the world, government agencies and private industry. It stimulates collaborative research between faculty, students and staff at ODU and other universities, government agencies and private companies. It is committed to quality analytical analysis and instrumentation training of researchers.

COSMIC has successfully aided researchers with analytical availability that has brought in millions of dollars' worth of grant awards for ODU faculty and collaborators. Many papers have been published in research journals and proposals have been funded from data obtained in the COSMIC lab. Research groups from around the world recognize and respect ODU as a partner research institution because of the scientific expertise of its faculty, the technical expertise of the COSMIC staff and the excellent analytical data obtained with state-of-the-art instrumentation in the COSMIC facility.